Second Norton Bill Banning Smoking on Transportation Signed Into Law

Nov 15, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), a senior member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, announced that President Biden today signed into law her bill banning smoking, including of electronic cigarettes, on Amtrak as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This is the second Norton bill that has been enacted into law to ban smoking on a form of transportation. Norton’s bill to clarify that the ban on smoking on airplanes includes electronic cigarettes was enacted into law in 2018. Norton got the idea for the Amtrak bill when an 11-year-old constituent informed her office that he had seen someone smoking an electronic cigarette on Amtrak. 

“Smoking remains a grave risk to public health, and I am committed to protecting people from the harms of smoking,” Norton said. “I am particularly pleased that a young District of Columbia resident brought the issue of smoking on Amtrak to my attention and that we were able to address this issue.”

Amtrak had prohibited smoking of cigarettes, including of electronic cigarettes, as a matter of policy, but it is now a matter of federal law.